Author Archives: Janelle Tucker

Hottest Weather of Year Arrives in Iowa

Temperatures will be climbing into the 90s over the next couple days for the first time this summer. Along with the heat, humidity will also be high – with air conditioners running full glast across the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Miles Schmacher says the hot weather isn’t something we’re used to lately. mkwx1 But


Great Jones County Fair Announces Three Concert Acts for 2015

The Great Jones County Fair in Monticello made three big concert announcements for 2015 this past week – and they’re all major country music acts. Country superstar Tim McGraw was announced on Thursday night prior to the Miranda Lambert concert. McGraw will perform at the Great Jones County Fair next year on Saturday night, July

Barbara Burk Kurt – Walker

Barbara Burk Kurt, 67 years old, of rural Walker, Iowa, died suddenly on Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born on August 6, 1946, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of George Thomas and Geraldine Louise (Turner) Burk. She graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1964, and then attended Luther College in

Dorothy Pfeiler – Dyersville

Dorothy M. Pfeiler, 93, of Dyersville, and formerly of Petersburg, died July 19, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian


Beckman Beats Cascade in Class 2A District Final

The 3rd-ranked Beckman baseball team improved their record to 26-13 with a 9-5 win over #9 Cascade in the class 2A District 9 final Saturday night in Dyersville. The Blazers were out-hit by the Cougars 10-5 but took advantage of 8 Cascade errors and 14 Cougar runners left on base. Beckman Assistant Coach Fred Martin

Wayne Reif – Walker

Wayne Allen Reif, 61, Walker, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on August 9, 1952 in Iowa City, the son of Lubert and Wilma (Kadera) Reif. He lived in Homestead before moving to Fairfax and graduated from Prairie High School. Wayne enlisted in

Ona Maxine Wilson – Hopkinton

Ona Maxine Wilson, 94, of rural Hopkinton, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on December 30, 1919, the daughter of James and Flora (Mitchell) Humphreys, of St. Louis, Missouri. Maxine’s father died when she was a young girl and she was raised by

Evelyn Koeppel – Independence

Funeral services for 93-year old Evelyn Koeppel of Independence will be held Monday at 2:30 pm at Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory in Independence. Visitation will be Monday from 11 am until services at Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory in Independence. Inurnment will be in St. John’s Cemetary at a later date. Survivors of Evelyn

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Manchester Police Bust Several Meth Labs

Manchester Police have made several arrests after investigating four separate meth lab incidents this week. Police Chief Jim Hauschild says his department was first called to 500 East Union Street in Manchester on Sunday for a domestic disturbance. Officers discovered numerous one-pot meth labs in the home and garage. 22-year old Brandon Jacobson of Harpers


Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert Headline Great Jones Co. Fair

The Great Jones County Fair is going on in Monticello this week. The fair is widely-known for attracting superstars in country music and this year is no exception. The concerts kick off tonight with reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert returning to the Great Jones County Fair with opening act Tyler Farr. Jones Co Fair

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